We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
The Lost Wife Audiobook

The Lost Wife: A Novel

In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.
    • 1 audiobook per month
    • 180,000+ titles to choose from
    • $14.95 per month after free trial

Publisher's Summary

In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

©2011 Alyson Richman (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (2953 )
5 star
 (1553)
4 star
 (967)
3 star
 (320)
2 star
 (73)
1 star
 (40)
Overall
4.4 (2673 )
5 star
 (1467)
4 star
 (819)
3 star
 (290)
2 star
 (67)
1 star
 (30)
Story
4.5 (2667 )
5 star
 (1628)
4 star
 (760)
3 star
 (215)
2 star
 (42)
1 star
 (22)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Lynne 02-12-14
    Lynne 02-12-14 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    59
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "So much, and yet - not too much!"

    This book found the important balance between tragedy and evil on the one side and strength and character to overcome it all on the other side. Sometimes an author can create a story about losing everything without losing oneself. In these stories the characters, while you mourn with them for their loses and for the impact of those loses on their lives, you still experience the resiliency of human spirit to make a life in the wake of it all. This book was so good I bought it for others as a gift.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Trish Virginia 12-27-13
    Trish Virginia 12-27-13 Member Since 2010

    I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    253
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    355
    105
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    69
    5
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Wonderful Listen!!"

    This was a very good story, but in my opinion, the narration was exceptional and made the book. The story unfolds from the perspectives of the two main characters, both narrated individually. You live through their tragedies and triumphs, the whole time willing them back to a life together. It has some very sad moments, but considering the setting, it could have been much worse.

    My one very small issue with the storyline is one side of the story seemed rushed at the end--I would loved to have had more of the story filled in before it ended. But that does not keep me from rating it highly and recommending the book--especially this audio version.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nan 12-24-13
    Nan 12-24-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    67
    24
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A MUST READ!!"
    Any additional comments?

    Kudos to author Alyson Richman, and narrators George Guidall and Suszanne Toren for the most heart rendering book I've read on audible. I will be thinking about this story for a long time to come. I love the narrators' depiction of the characters and their story . I am overwhelmed and never read a book so quickly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kfcarter Graham, WA 11-04-13
    Kfcarter Graham, WA 11-04-13 Member Since 2002

    kfcarter

    HELPFUL VOTES
    53
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    334
    30
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "BEST book I have read in a long time"
    If you could sum up The Lost Wife in three words, what would they be?

    I don't want to write any spoilers, but want to say that you MUST read this book. The story is happy, sad, heart-wrenching, satisfying, well written, etc. Just make sure to have a box of tissues handy - I cried through the whole last hour of this book. The author did an amazing job with this story, the chapters changing between the stories of Josep and Lenka. The narrators did a fantastic job. I highly recommend this book.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    sophie 10-29-13
    sophie 10-29-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "So bitter sweet"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lost Wife the most enjoyable?

    This will resnate in my soul forever


    What other book might you compare The Lost Wife to and why?

    The boy in the stripped pajamas


    What does George Guidall and Suzanne Toren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nice contrast against eachother


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Love Never Lost


    Any additional comments?

    May this history never repeat its self!!!! And may all wounded from its evil find comfort in Massiah!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Loretta R. Cooper 06-01-13 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    163
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    503
    51
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    9
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Beautiful Story"

    I've read/listened to a lot of holocaust stories, and while it is always excruciating to bear witness to such suffering and evil, I am always amazed and the resiliency of the human spirit. This narrative had an especially hopeful tone. If I have a criticism of the author it is just that I wanted "more". More time with the characters, more time in the epilogue scene... more insights in to what makes people survive overwhelming loss and cruelty.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    nursebettyknitting Boise, ID USA 03-21-13
    nursebettyknitting Boise, ID USA 03-21-13 Member Since 2012

    knitting fiend

    HELPFUL VOTES
    154
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    148
    48
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    9
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wonerful, heartbreaking,loved it!"
    Any additional comments?

    I was reluctant to read another Holocaust book. I felt I was "saturated" with this topic, but decided to get it anyway because of the great reviews. I was not disappointed. The Lost Wife is a masterfully written novel and I felt so absorbed in it I could not listen to anything else for a week after finishing it. The author has this incredible ability to paint with words and conduct emotion in such a way, I felt like I was actually there, in Prague, in Terezin, and in Auschwitz. I recognized that "hollow shell" existence that many survivors had after liberation from seeing this in my own grandparents and my mother. They could never be the same after living through this horror. Despite wanting to cry a lot during many passages, I find this literary creation to be top notch. Great narration, too!

    26 of 34 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mon San Francisco, Ca 12-29-12
    Mon San Francisco, Ca 12-29-12 Member Since 2010

    12 step program please. I am addicted to Audible! I love trashy sexy books, award winning novels and everything between. Bring it!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    271
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    356
    115
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    48
    22
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Heartbreaking"
    If you could sum up The Lost Wife in three words, what would they be?

    History, Memory, Humanity


    What does George Guidall and Suzanne Toren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really enjoyed listening to both narrators. I esp. enjoyed George Guidall's voice. They both did a great job.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried. I've never cried while listening to an audio before, but when Lenka's family is transferred to Auschwitz I finally cried. They had already been through so much and had experienced so much tragedy that my heart just ached for them and every single person that endured the horror, injustice and pure lack of humanity of the concentration camps. I can't begin to imagine living through the Nazi occupation. There are so many layers of grief and suffering that were caused by the occupation - families were separated across countries and oceans, some were left behind to endure or die in a camp, so many people were never able to say good-bye, or just live a normal life, full of normal happiness, suffering and longing. normal. I only imagine the guilt, the ongoing guilt knowing you survived while so many of your innocent family and friends died.


    Any additional comments?

    This could have been a 5 star book. I wish the ending would have been different. The 2nd half of the audio moves and flows so naturally, and so intensely in a way that it was hard to escape the images from my mind. And then the end of the story came and it just didn't do the rest of the story justice. I was wowed by this heartbreaking story of love and family. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. Yes, you might cry but it will be worth it!

    22 of 29 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Barbara Elgin, IL, USA 06-05-14
    Barbara Elgin, IL, USA 06-05-14 Member Since 2001
    HELPFUL VOTES
    18
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    126
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Listen"
    What did you like best about this story?

    while the story told of the personal tragedy of the period, the characters' own lives and story held my interest.


    What about George Guidall and Suzanne Toren ’s performance did you like?

    Their voices seemed to "age" as time went by in the book.


    If you could take any character from The Lost Wife out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Lenka because she had experienced so much in her life, she would have a very unique perspective on life as a whole (I would think).


    Any additional comments?

    Great book about a very disturbing time in our history.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 06-29-13
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 06-29-13

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1435
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    322
    316
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    241
    46
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Thoughtful, sad but engrossing love story"

    Over the span of 60 + years, thru WW!! and concentration camps, 2 young Czech lovers stories are told by fabulous George Guidall as Josef and Suzanne as Lenka. This is a novel that translates wonderfully to audiobook, especially with such talented narrators.

    Alyson Richman gives a brief synopsis at the end of the book about who the characters are modeled after and much of the story is fictionalized history. I was born in 1943 and it amazed me to think that I was a happy well fed baby with no fears, raised in Los Angeles with my mom and dad and grandparents while in Europe babies my age were being starved to death or simply murdered. Books like this are important-we must never forget.

    The story is haunting and can't help but be very sad, but the inner strength of some of the people makes me wonder if people today could endure what these families went thru with the same courage and grace.

    5 Stars-everyone should listen to this if only for its historical value.

    29 of 39 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.